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The Falcons had an impressive run of consistent regular season success. Then they even won a playoff game. But last year, a rash of injuries exposed some weaknesses in the roster, and the bottom fell out, in a big way, with a 4-12 record after five stra…Upvote Share Tweet
Yates States Case to Be Falcons' Backup QBnytimes.com 8 hours agoT.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta's backup quarterback Thursday night.Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Falcons are the subject of this year's "Hard Knocks" on HBO. No team has ever gone undefeated after appearing on "Hard Knocks." Will Atlanta be the first? Tune in to find out! Meantime, here's what happened in Episode 4. …Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons’ special teams coach blows a gasket on Hard Knocksprofootballtalk.com Aug 27 (yesterday)In an ordinary workplace, a boss who screams obscenities into the faces of his underlings would not be tolerated. One of the lessons that HBO’s Hard Knocks has taught us through the years is that an NFL team is not an ordinary workplace. On Tuesday nigh…Upvote Share Tweet
Hard Knocks Part 4: Armstrong's showESPN.com Aug 27 (2 days ago)The second-to-last episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons" featured a coach going on a classic, profanity-laced tirade in the meeting room. And guess what? It wasn't defensive line coach Bryan Cox this time. Spec…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons practice report: eye on nickelESPN.com Aug 26 (2 days ago)FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- All three of the Atlanta Falcons' candidates for the nickelback role were on the field for special teams at the start of Tuesday's practice. The battle between Robert McClain, Javier Arenas, and Josh Wilson remains unsettled, acco…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Aug 26 (3 days ago)FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice didn’t expect rookie first-round pick Jake Matthews to be perfect in his first NFL game at left tackle. He wasn’t. Matthews got whistled for a false start and a hold in the first quar…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons practice report: Asamoah sidelinedESPN.com Aug 25 (3 days ago)FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As the Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Monday, one significant starter watched from the sideline. Right guard Jon Asamoah, one of the team's top acquisitions this offseason, was held out of practice with an unspecified injury…Upvote Share Tweet
RB Jackson returns to practice for FalconsESPN.com Aug 25 (4 days ago)Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who injured his left hamstring at the beginning of training camp, returned to practice Monday for the first time since the injury.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Aug 25 (4 days ago)There are obvious concerns about how Lamar Holmes will perform if he maintains a starting role this season. At least Holmes' first appearance as a starter in 2014 wasn't too shabby. The Atlanta Falcons right tackle had a solid performance in Saturday's …Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Aug 24 (4 days ago)Most significant move: The most eye-opening move had nothing to do with a player getting released. It was offensive lineman Mike Johnson being placed on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury during Saturday night's preseason loss to Tennessee. J…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons get down to 75 playersprofootballtalk.com Aug 24 (4 days ago)We haven’t seen a sneak preview of this week’s Hard Knocks, but it’s a good bet that some of the episode will focus on the 11 players given their pink slips on Sunday. It’s a staple of the show, which means defensive end Theo Agnew, linebacker Brendan D…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons' Trufant asborbs big-play blameESPN.com Aug 24 (5 days ago)ATLANTA -- Give Desmond Trufant credit. Even if the Atlanta Falcons second-year cornerback wasn't fully responsible for a 63-yard touchdown given up to Tennessee receiver Nate Washington on Saturday night, Trufant certainly took ownership for the blunde…Upvote Share TweetATLANTA -- Saturday was just a taste of how explosive the Atlanta Falcons' offense can be this season. Catch-and-run touchdowns of 30-plus yards by both Julio Jones and Devin Hester were the highlights in the Falcons' 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.…Upvote Share Tweet
Preseason Blitz: Julio Jones' long touchdown shows he'll be just fineyahoo.com Aug 24 (5 days ago)Falcons receiver Julio Jones looks just fine. Jones is coming off a foot injury that required season-ending surgery last year. He was on an unbelievable pace last year when he got hurt, and so far this preseason he looks like the exact same guy that was…Upvote Share TweetATLANTA -- Roddy White couldn't help but laugh as he reflected on all the confrontations on the field Saturday night. The Atlanta Falcons receiver can talk trash with the best of them, but even White didn't understand what was going with the opponent in…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Aug 23 (5 days ago)A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' offense.Upvote Share Tweet
Bond with Gonzalez could help Toilolo soarSome guys bond while out fishing. Others connect over beers at a sports bar. For Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo, such bonding occurred on the basketball court. Shooting hoops with retired former teammate Tony Gonzalez is how the 6-foot-8 Toilo…Upvote Share TweetFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Matt Ryan understands what it takes to be considered among the elite. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback doesn't get caught up in individual statistics, although he owns almost every significant passing record in franchise history. O…Upvote Share TweetFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan isn't ashamed to admit his curiosity regarding other offenses around the league. Naturally, Ryan studies all the elite quarterbacks and what makes them successful. But at least one offense, as…Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Falcons brought back a familiar face Thursday by signing wide receiver/special-teamer Eric Weems to a one-year contract. Weems (5-9, 195) entered the NFL with the Falcons back in 2007 as an undrafted free agent from Bethune-Cookman. He spent…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Aug 21Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney got a lot of attention for his sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during last week’s preseason game, but there was no such acclaim for Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack after his own sack. That’s because Mack’s sack ca…Upvote Share Tweet
Yates Leads Falcons Past JaguarsAug 28T.J. Yates threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 24-14 win over the Jaguars.
Inside The Huddle: Matt RyanAug 28Falcons QB Matt Ryan suggests 75 percent pass completions in the new NFL standard.
'Hard Knocks': Bryan Cox chews out Atlanta Falcons rookie Ra'Shede HagemanAug 26Atlanta Falcons rookie Ra'Shede Hageman takes a tongue lashing from defensive line coach Bryan Cox in the film room. Watch the re-air of "Hard Knocks" on Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.
Tennessee Titans vs. Atlanta Falcons preseason highlightsAug 24Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan both played well, but the Titans ultimately came out on top with a 24-17 victory.
‘I want people to say, Man, I would have loved to play with that guy.’Aug 28Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Drew Brees is 35, but he is still a little kid. Or he…
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